State Notes 10-04-12

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Lobos named MW runners of week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of New Mexico Lobos’ nationally-ranked cross country teams garnered two conference honors Tuesday, as Josephine Moultrie and Luke Caldwell earned recognition from the Mountain West.
Moultrie and Caldwell, who are both originally from the British Isles, were picked as the conference’s Cross Country Athletes of the week for their performances in races contested from Sept. 17-30. Caldwell was named co-Athlete of the Week along with Air Force’s Isaiah Bragg.
“It’s a great honor for both those guys,” UNM head coach Joe Franklin said. “It’s the first ever for Josephine and first ever for Luke and I think that it sets them up well going into the final month of the season through the conference championships.”
Moultrie placed fourth at the highly-competitive Notre Dame Invitational over the weekend with a 5-kilometer time of 16:46.
The senior from Glasgow, Scotland, posted the fastest 5K time in the MW this season en route to leading the 19th-ranked Lobos to a third-place team finish.
Caldwell, a junior transfer from Betchworth, England, also posted a strong showing at Notre Dame, placing 12th with a 5-mile time of 23:59.
In his first collegiate race, Caldwell led No. 28 New Mexico to a sixth-place team finish.  
The pair’s honors are the first MW athlete of the week selection for New Mexico since Nicholas Kipruto earned the men’s honor on Oct. 4, 2011. Moultrie’s selection is the first for the women since Nicky Archer in 2008.

Schultz is top WAC women’s runner

LAS CRUCES — Senior Courtney Schultz of the New Mexico State University Aggies women’s cross country team was named Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 24-30.
Schultz, a senior from Cloudcroft, posted one of her best career results when she finished second overall at the Rim Rock Collegiate Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. Schultz finished with a time of 20:30.90 in the 6K race, finishing just one second behind winner Rebecca Addison of Michigan.
With her run, Schultz now owns the second-best record all-time for that particular course design.
Schultz helped the Aggies to place fifth overall at the meet, finishing above some of the strongest programs in the Midwest region, such as Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Nebraska.
This is the second time Schultz has earned the WAC Athlete of the Week distinction this year, earning the same honor in the first week of the season (Aug. 27-Sept. 2) when she placed first overall at the Lobo Invitational.